February 14, 2012 09:00 ET

Ontario Arts Council Employees Vote to Unionize with AMAPCEO

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is pleased to announce that the employees of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of forming a union, becoming AMAPCEO's 7th bargaining unit.

A vote supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board was held on February 6th. All but two employees in the new bargaining unit work at the OAC's head office on Bloor Street in Toronto; two employees work outside Toronto - one in Sudbury and the other in Thunder Bay.

The employees include granting, communications, research, outreach, administrative and finance staff.

"We are honoured that the OAC staff chose AMAPCEO," said Association President and CEO Gary Gannage in congratulating the new members on their victory. "The OAC and its employees," he said, "do important work in promoting the arts and providing funding to the arts community in Ontario. A collective agreement will go a long way to ensure that they are able to focus on those responsibilities and continue to serve their stakeholders without having to worry about job security, working conditions and compensation."

About the Ontario Arts Council

The OAC, established in 1963, is an independent agency funded by the Ontario government with a mandate to promote and foster the creation, study, enjoyment of and the production of works in the arts through the administration of grants, scholarships, awards and services to Ontario-based artists and arts organizations.

About AMAPCEO and its Members

AMAPCEO represents 12,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; Public Health Ontario; the Ontario Racing Commission; Health Quality Ontario; and, now, the Ontario Arts Council. AMAPCEO-represented employees work in 130 communities throughout the Province of Ontario and in ten cities outside Canada.

Established in 1992, AMAPCEO has built, in a relatively short period of time, a strong record of negotiating innovative collective agreements, of adopting a collegial, problem-solving approach to dispute resolution and of advocating for an apolitical professional public service as a critical component in Canada's system of parliamentary democracy. More information can be obtained by visiting our website:

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